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What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee? 6 Things You Need to Know

(Originally published 2014. Updated February 2019.) Although often a time of excitement and anticipation, pregnancy can also bring with it an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. While we sympathize with any questions you may have about sleep training, nutrition, or discipline, we will leave these topics to the experts. What we can give you is some […]

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Employment Standards: Why Ignorance is Not Bliss for Employers

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Lawyers know this idiom well, since it’s one of the first things taught in law school. Unfortunately, some non-lawyers are not familiar with it and, even when they are, may not have a full understanding of its implications. A group of Ontario […]

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Karmel v. Calgary Jewish Academy: When Cause Allegations Become Bad Faith Conduct

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor. At the risk of repeating ourselves (see previous posts on just cause dismissals here and here), this week’s blog post revisits the topic of just cause and the potential for financial disaster when an employer makes unfounded allegations against an employee. In a recent, high-profile employment law decision from […]

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Heather Hettiarachchi Speaks to HRM Online about Employees and Social Media

Heather Hettiarachchi speaks to HRM Online and offers employers tips on employee social media use.

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Manager or Employee – Why Does It Matter?

With contributions by Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. You’ve just been offered a promotion to [Fill in the Blank] Manager – congratulations! If you’re lucky, your change in job title will bring with it increased compensation and authority. In British Columbia, there are also employment law implications to holding a management position. This post deals with some […]

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“I Quit”: When Does an Employee Have to Give Notice of Resignation?

By Andres Barker, Lawyer. Many employees who leave a job voluntarily refer to handing in their “two weeks’ notice” that they are quitting. But is this practice actually required by law? It’s a question we often hear from resigning employees. Unlike the notice of termination requirements imposed on employers by employment standards legislation, there is […]

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What are Punitive Damages and When Does an Employer Have to Pay Them?

A fired employee can experience a wide range of emotions following dismissal: sadness at the loss of financial security and relationships with his colleagues; fear at the prospect of searching for a new job; and confusion about why she was fired in the first place. Another common reaction following termination is anger, which is typically […]

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The Duty to Relocate: How Far Does an Employee Have to Go to Find Work?

A key concept in the area of wrongful dismissal law is mitigation: following dismissal, an employee has a duty to mitigate her losses by searching for new employment. In fulfilling that duty, she must act “reasonably”. But what does “reasonably” mean in this context? Does the law require an employee to relocate in order to […]

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Will (Not) Work for Free: The Perils of Unpaid Internships

Nearly a year has passed since a Vancouver-based digital media company responded to online allegations of illegal employment practices by ending its unpaid internship policy. However, despite the furor that surrounded HootSuite’s posting – and pulling – of ads seeking free labour, the Canadian Press reported as recently as last month that unpaid internships are […]

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Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: When is an Independent Contractor really an Employee?

In this virtual era, the traditional workplace model of one site filled with many employees is gradually becoming replaced by the more modern approach of several individual workers operating remotely from a variety of locations, often home offices. The potential benefits to business owners of this alternative structure are myriad: reduced overhead, flexible work schedules, […]

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